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30 Days of Dead

If you've been part of the community for the past few years, then you know we're on a mission to make a miracle every day in the month of November. This year is no different.

As a token of our appreciation for making 2017 an epic year, we're giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download every day this month. That's 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux! Intrigued? We're also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you a chance daily to win a limited-edition 7" single, the 1st release from our 2017 series.

Here's how it works:

You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C's, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic "comeback" tour from a spacey 70's show? Each day we'll post a free download from one of the Dead's coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in '93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen's harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand all November long.

Guess the venue and date correctly and you'll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Answer correctly, and you will also be automatically entered for our Grand Prize - a copy of our SOLD OUT MAY 1977: GET SHOWN THE LIGHT boxed set.

Get started here.

Today's Song

Comes A Time
Hint: Another new Garcia song that showed up, hung around briefly, then split for four years.
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Yesterday's answer...

Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theater
This is the first-ever live version of "Bertha" by the Grateful Dead, played on the opening night of the six night run in Port Chester. This was Mickey's last show for several years.

Yesterday's winner...

Automatic S.
NewYork, NY
geododge's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Lovely version. Hoping all are having a great day!

Ringo's picture
Joined: Nov 6 2011
What a savory treat....

...and no enhancement needed!

Joyce's picture
Joined: Oct 5 2007
Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoying listening to this familiar show.
Yet another selection from my home state.
Love playing this contest everyday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

geoffgould's picture
Joined: Jul 18 2007
great song

I am not an instant scholar, so I don't yet know when this is from. The version I attended that is most seared in my memory is from Kezar '73. That was a great show.

flavaham's picture
Joined: Nov 11 2010
Happy Thanksgiving!

So grateful for this wonderful music! I love this tune! I play it once in a while when I'm playing guitar. There's something magical about Jerry singing a ballad that just crushes me.

The year of this tune is one of my favorite times for the Dead. Everything seemed to come around this year. They still had a few things to work out but I think their sound as a band really took form around this time. It's amazing that there are so many good SBDs from this year!

Have a great day everyone!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Deadheads! Be safe when you are out and about today.

Joined: Jul 12 2014
Happy Thanksgiving... and all.

Joined: Nov 9 2014
A time comes...

I saw the last one in 1994 @ Cap Centre/US Air (I think I can safely bet that no one is thinking today's offering is from 1994 so no giveaways here). My only Comes A Time as I arrived too late for the Chocolate Town 1st set version (that's not today either).

This one is velvety smooth. The fans flocked to this primal GD venue location city so many times over the years. It's that weird note at the end & the not so Weir'd notes in the beginning verse that nailed it for me.

Joined: Nov 3 2016
so much to be thankful for

especially me !! early this year i was diagnosed with a serious disease. after surgery, etc., i am now fully cured !!
and, no kidding - my surgeon was a deadhead !! (we are everywhere.) he saved my life.

i know we are all grateful for these 30 days... thanks dave & co. !!

(also, unless i’m mistaken, “kerns dog” too is grateful - later in this show he gets his wish from a couple days ago.)

don’t ever stop believing !!

happy thanksgiving everybody...

Charbroiled's picture
Joined: Jun 19 2007

One of my desert island disc's. Lucky to catch it once but years later from this one, was just a babe in the woods when they cranked out this one.

Happy Thanksgiving to Old Catfish John.

Joined: Nov 1 2010

I grew up a few miles from this venue and I can attest, unlike similar discussions we've had about venue names (arena vs. coliseum, etc), that there is a distinction between the two venues at this location. One's big, one's small, but they are under the same roof. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Thanks, Dave!

Joined: Nov 2 2010
Happy Thanksgiving

On a Thanksgiving morning, this one is food to feed us all...

p.s. that's a hint...

LeeBob802's picture
Joined: Nov 23 2011
Thanksgiving recipe

A little Thanksgiving recipe: Mix a little bitter sweet with some blues, toss in a handful of gratefulness, and serve with a side of a first time played sprinkled with a purple sage garnish. You gotta check out this entire show. "I've been gone so long..I've been gone so long..." Best Grateful Day wishes y'all, may the four winds blow you safely home.

m-skjellyfetti's picture
Joined: Nov 7 2011
There are

some interesting side stories, factoids, and comments surrounding the show, along with some changes and a rare song to boot. Felt confident I would find this one quickly.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Automaticslim's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2014

Thanks buddy. Lucky guess.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Can't tell much difference...

...between these early versions, but a few slight lyrical changes make it clear which one this is. Also, by now Jerry had dropped the elusive middle verse - that sure didn't last very long!

My favorites are still '76-77 with Donna (9-28-76) because I melt over the solo, but these formative CATs are quite special. Love Phil's tone in this one.

Gobble gobble, everybody. Thankful for the Grateful Dead and thankful for the generosity bestowed upon us by vaultmeister David Lemieux!

nezhead42's picture
Joined: Nov 11 2017
By the way...

.... I should mention that this whole show is great. I got sucked into it and it sounds SO MUCH BETTER than the cassette version I repeatedly listened to throughout the 90s. I am definitely gonna listen to whole show this morning.
Great way to start the day.

nezhead42's picture
Joined: Nov 11 2017
Charlie Miller

So when I was searching, I do like many of us do and try to sync the track with a recording that has been posted on I usually look for a Charlie Miller "remaster" due to the sound quality. Today I got lucky and synced the two recordings about as close as you can get without using professional studio equipment. It was spot on a perfect match. I played the two together for the entire song and never once did it "phase" and begin to make any sort of whooosh in the sound. This means that the two recordings were exactly the same in pitch and timing for the entire song. Never once did one of the recordings "drag" like so many do. My point is that Charlie Miller is so good at what he does, that at times, his stuff is equal to that of stuff in the vault. Amongst all the stuff that Charlie does to recordings, he makes sure that the pitch and timing is correct. His is exactly the same as what is in the vault. I guess what I am saying is that I am constantly amazed and impressed by Charlie Miller.

Joined: Jul 12 2014
The Vault

I don't know, but i suspect the vault tapes have just been digitized in a pretty raw state and these tracks we hear for the 30 days probably haven't been produced for release or engineered in any significant way other than a rough stereo mix down. I'm guessing that these are the mixes Dave uses to select release material. I'd love to hear some of these after Jeffrey Norman as worked his magic.

zebweber's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
That syncing feeling...

I deliberately start the songs out of sync, then dial one in to the other... today, I got them quite close, within a fraction of a second, and it sounded like the cassette of the next night that I got in the early '80s - that reverb in the room was like a pillow of sound - thick air!

Joined: Nov 18 2014
Re: Charlie Miller

Friend of mine directed me to “Charlie Miller” in the archives when I first got hooked on 30 a short while ago and it’s paid off most every time. I synced this gem today as you describe...Grate...I could feel where’s it’s frum!

Grateful to you Dave for helping to make this a splendid time of year!

Happy Thanksgiving all!!

Joined: Jan 24 2011
And a hearty Congratulations to

Automatic S. from New York!!! Lettin' it ride, for sure!

Also, this is a real sweet version of this great hunter/Garcia tune. Soft and supple, yet stinging and intense.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

kenny_upstairs's picture
Joined: Apr 29 2010
Thanks again everyone!

Another grate year of enjoying the music... I love the little bass accent, a soft cushiony entre into languid Jerry... enjoy the day folks...

Ringo's picture
Joined: Nov 6 2011

This seems to be an early version, but I haven't delved into the annals yet. Plus, I'm awake too late tonight. Maybe a blind man can take my hand to bed.

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